Working long shifts in the hospital means I need REALLY good shoes. There is nothing worse than trying to run up and down the corridors with blisters!
Strive Footwear recently got in touch to tell me about their range of shoes. Strive started making custom orthotics in 1980, and have since used this knowledge and expertise to incorporate orthotic technology into a range of premium footwear with a contoured footbed.
I chose the Weston shoe in a classic black leather, suitable for wearing as part of my uniform.
The shoes look smart and professional, and I like the good grip on the base, helping to prevent slips. The laces are easy to re-thread in order to get a comfortable fit, and the leather outer is soft and flexible.
The most noticeable thing about these shoes comes when you put them on. The contoured footbed feels a little strange to start with – the arched contour feels prominent, as though you are standing on something. This is because of the Biomedical Footbed Technology, designed to support your feet in their natural, barefoot position. However, if you are used to wearing less supportive shoes, this sensation may feel unusual.
Strive recommend wearing your new shoes in slowly, over several days, to allow your feet to adjust. I wore my shoes at home to begin with, wearing them for 1-2 hours before taking them off. My feet soon seemed to adjust, and within a week, my old shoes felt odd – as though there was no support on the arch of my feet. By the end of the first week I was wearing the Weston shoes for a full shift at work, and after 12 hours on my feet, I was pleasantly surprised to discover no blisters, no rubbing and most importantly of all – no aching feet or legs!
I will definitely be investing in another pair of Strive shoes to wear as everyday footwear – I have been eyeing up the Roxby boots, which look perfect for this time of year!